Daznak's Pit

TV show Game of Thrones (2011)
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is watching battles with her husband Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry), Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) when suddenly the Sons of the Harpy attempt to kill her. She owes her salvation only to the arrival of Drogon, one of her three dragons. A very spectacular scene shot in the bullring of Osuna in Spain.
Osuna Arena
Osuna by Lukasz Lukomski. Wikimedia.

“Protect your queen!”

Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman)

The Daznak’s Pit in Osuna, Spain

It is difficult to recognize the Daznak’s Pit when you see the Osuna bullring in Spain today. But that’s where director David Nutter set up shop to film episode 9 of season 5, entitled A Dance with Dragons. Rather modern because built at the beginning of the XXth century, the arenas must be the subject of various developments. This is how special effects specialists dress up the building with digital imagery by adding other parts to it. If many extras are hired for the occasion, the compact crowd of the stands is created in post-production. The actors shoot surrounded by green screens for future inlays. The same goes of course for Drogon, the star of the sequence, whose arrival stands out as a real highlight in the whole season 5.

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A monument modified in post-production

The Osuna bullring was chosen for its large size. A place largely modified in post-production, whose transformation is comparable to that of the Colosseum in Gladiator, the classic by Ridley Scott. The latter having commissioned a reproduction of the famous Roman monument in Malta, which he then duplicated to recreate it as it was when the circus games were in full swing, also filling the stands digitally.

A Californian company to create the dragons

The company Pixomondo has been entrusted with the creation of the Game of Thrones dragons. The artisans have thus opted for a surprising approach in order to produce realistic creatures. They started by designing the skeleton of the animals before dressing them in flesh and finally finishing with the skin. A very meticulous work at the base of some of the most impressive sequences of the series.


It is said at the beginning of Game of Thrones that the dragons became extinct 150 years ago.

Daenerys arènes
Daenerys Targaryen aux arènes. Tous droits réservés : HBO.
Combat dans les arènes. Tous droits réservés : HBO.
Drogon et Daenerys
Drogon sauve Daenerys aux arènes de Daznak. Tous droits réservés : HBO.

Plaza de Toros de Osuna

Designed by Aníbal González, the Osuna bullring was inaugurated on May 13, 1904. It is famous for having hosted a particularly spectacular scene from the Game of Thrones series.

Inspired by the Roman amphitheater of Italica, the bullring of Osuna is composed of a track almost 48 meters in diameter. It is one of the largest in the region. The stands can accommodate 6,500 people. The site has been used several times in the filming of commercials, documentaries and television series such as Game of Thrones. The arenas are open for visits.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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